Planning an Easter egg hunt this year? We know our plans for Easter weekend might look a little different this year but that doesn't mean you still can't have loads of fun with the kids at home. An Easter egg hunt in the house – and into the garden if you have one? Totally doable. For the kids, it's all about the magic of the eggs being hidden (allegedly by the Easter Bunny) and then finding the chocolate.
If you've never staged an Easter egg hunt for your little ones, we've listed a few ideas that have worked for us over the years – and we have rounded up five buys that you can order online and make your Easter egg hunt the most memorable yet.
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1. Get your baskets sorted
Because you need some cut baskets to collect all those eggs! Send your little ones out on their Easter Egg hunt with this bright and jolly chick felt basket.
Yellow easter chick basket, £3,69, Amazon.
2. Hide clues for your Easter egg hunt
This easter egg hunt clue pack, includes 16 printed cards with riddles and puzzles on for all age ranges and abilities between 4 and 10 years. The idea is that you can pick and choose the ones you want to use that are suitable for your child/children - perfect if you have younger and older kids as they will be able to solve different clues to their ability. An answer sheet is included and the clues lead to common places within the home such as under a pillow, in the washing machine, microwave, bath, sofa, wardrobe etc.
This easter egg hunt clue pack, £5.99, Cherry Pick Designs at Etsy.
3. Personalise your Easter egg hunt clues
Lead children to their Easter treats, by following the little clues set by the Easter bunny in this personalised Easter treasure hunt. Each envelope contains a clue leading to the next location, until the final destination where you hide your Easter goodies! The treasure hunt includes a natural-coloured box with silver Easter bunny lid, personalised wrapping paper, six daffodil yellow envelopes (containing the clue cards) and an instruction card. Cut off date to order these is 2pm Tuesday 7th April standard delivery and 1pm Wednesday 8th April express delivery.
Personalised Easter Treasure Hunt, £16 by Martha Brook at Not on the High Street.
4. Hide treats in fillable eggs
Ideal for filling with sweet treats, miniature toys, or fun activities - anything from stuff they have to do immediately like hopping on the spot, singing, or making an animal noise, to trips to the cinema that they can claim at a later stage. Hide these fillable eggs around your home for your little chicks to find on their egg hunt.
Fillable eggs, £1.50 for 10, Argos.
5. Get everything you need in an Easter egg hunt kit
Get everything you need for your egg hunt (apart from the eggs), in this Easter egg hunt kit from John Lewis. Each kit contains eight treat bags, six egg hunt clues, six signs and four sets of bunny footprints. Hop to it!
Talking Tables Easter Egg Hunt Kit, £7, John Lewis.
How to do an Easter egg hunt at home
We're old, old hands at this and we can tell you, the younger the are, the less complicated it has to be. As they get older, you can make it more like a treasure hunt. Just after Easter egg hunt buys? Keep scrolling.
1. If you're happy to tell your kids that Father Christmas brings their presents, you'll be just as happy to tell little ones that the Easter Bunny hides their eggs for them to find. Just like at Christmas, it makes it all more magical for them, so start telling them now... Maybe even introduce them to Easter movies, like Hop on Amazon Prime.
2. Get the right gear: a basic bag of mini eggs will do, a bag of mini chicks (find all 10, they get a single egg), anything you have to hand that they see as a treat... will do. It doesn't even have to be chocolate or edible! Anything that delights little ones (and the hunt itself will do that) will do. It's all about the hunt and less about the eating (although as they get older, they really just want the chocolate).
3. Count up how many eggs/chicks/colouring pens/whatever you're going to hide. We know this sounds basic but we can't believe the amount of times we've found things we'd hidden around the house and garden weeks later... and maybe make a note of where you've hidden them.
4. Don't put the treats out too early. If they're inside they're obviously going to be discovered; put them outside and they'll get rained on/eaten by foxes. On that note, if you're hiding chocolate be REALLY careful that your dog doesn't get hold of any of it or you'll end up dashing to the vets instead of having fun.
5. For little kids, you'll need to guide them to find even fairly badly hidden treats. We've used 'cold, warmer, hot!' quite a lot over the years. For older ones, little arrows to guide them around an egg hunt course around the house and/or garden, or written clues will be more fun (and keep them occupied for longer). You'll need to write this out the night before you do the hunt.
6. Make it clear to siblings that there are a total of xx eggs to discover and that they go in their baskets/bags but at the end, they are divided equally. Older ones invariably find the eggs faster and are generally not that keen to hand over to younger ones... cue tantrums.
7. And go! Be prepared for the Easter egg hunt to be like scenes from The Hunger Games. It's not always pretty, and there can be casualties. Afterwards, younger ones will immediately want to repeat the hunt so be ready to come up with an instant, second hunt. Reuse the eggs they collected to do so – unless you kept some back and apply the tips above! If they want to do it again, you know the first one was a success.
8. Don't expect Easter egg hunts to stop when they're teenagers. We're still doing them...